Hungry Souls, Holy Companions

Mentoring a New Generation of Christians

Patricia Hendricks

Oct/2006, 144 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819221964



A smorgasbord of ideas, stories, and practical suggestions on how to be spiritual companions to young people, sharing the richness of our faith while riding along on the awesome—and often surprising—journeys of those in our spiritual care.

Patricia Hendricks is a spiritual director and the executive director of Christ's Center for Spiritual Formation in St. Paul, Minnesota. She coordinates and teaches in the spiritual direction preparation program at Christos.

"Patricia Hendricks understands that young people aren't seeking teachers with answers as much as guides who are willing to sit with them in the questions. Her application of spiritual direction to youth ministry is exactly what is needed if the church is going to share the freedom of Jesus with the coming generations."
—Mark Yaconelli, author of Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus
"Patricia Hendricks's Hungry Souls, Holy Companions is a welcome and valuable addition to the growing literature of spiritual direction. This engaging, accessible book offers practical guidance for those ministers-lay and ordained-who mentor adolescents and young adults in their quest for a deeper intimacy with God. Anyone working with youth in a church setting, not just those called specifically to the practice of traditional spiritual direction, can grow and profit from it."
—Margaret Guenther, author of Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction and At Home in the World: A Rule of Life for the Rest of Us
"A sizeable portion of Hungry Souls, Holy Companions is devoted to spiritual mentoring and spiritual direction. Youth ministers, clergy, anyone who works with young people in the church, will get something out of the book."
The Living Church, November 12, 2006
"Includes many models for spiritual guidance, interaction and growth. These could help congregations (and other ministry settings) revitalize their relationship with younger members, drawing on and appreciating their gifts, while nurturing them with mentors who have been trained and made aware of how intergenerational connections enrich everyone involved."
MetroLutheran, December 2006
"Whether it's a short project accompanying young people in spiritual growth or an ongoing spiritual direction relationship with a young person, all spiritual directors who work with people significantly younger than they are will find Hungry Souls to be a wealth of information and inspiration."
Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Directors, March 2007
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  • youth ministry
  • young adults
  • faith formation

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